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Rite Aid steps up with aid for flood victims
May 13th, 2010
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. is donating vital supplies to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent flooding in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The drug store chain said this week that The Rite Aid Foundation is providing water, food, cleaning and first aid supplies to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
"One of Rite Aid's core values is to be caring neighbors in the communities we serve," Rite Aid chairman and chief executive officer Mary Sammons said in a statement. "We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in their mission to bring relief to those most affected by these devastating floods and hope that our donation helps to make the recovery and rebuilding process a little easier."
Also affecting Mississippi, the severe flooding resulted from storms that dumped recording-breaking levels of rain on the region, swelling lakes, rivers, streams and drainage systems well over capacity and catching many residents by surprise. Tornadoes also hit some areas. The disaster has caused dozens of deaths.
"Flood waters can wreak damage on homes and can take days to recede. As our operations in the affected areas continue, the Red Cross is grateful for support from The Rite Aid Foundation that will help us provide relief and other extended assistance to enable people to get back on their feet," commented Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the American Red Cross.
“This contribution of bottled water, snacks and supplies is critical," Litvack added, "because it, along with the support of the American public, enables the Red Cross to provide help and hope to those coping with the devastating aftermath of these floods."